Frank Lampard will lose his job as Chelsea manager unless results and performances improve immediately.
Lampard is under huge pressure following the 2-0 setback against Leicester City which saw them slip to eighth in the table. It constituted a fifth defeat in eight Premier League games.
After the game, the Blues boss defended his “transitional” Chelsea side’s recent displays but admitted that his future at the club was out of his control.
After £200m was spent on summer transfer window acquisitions like Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, many tipped Chelsea to achieve Premier League glory for the first time since 2017, but a poor run of results has dampened their title prospects heading into the second half of the season. Now, they are nine points off the Premier League summit.
Chelsea’s upcoming games against Luton Town in the FA Cup this Sunday, Wolves (January 27), and Burnley (January 31) are crucial for Lampard, before an trip away at Tottenham on February 4.
Former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri and Thomas Tuchel, who was replaced by Mauricio Pochettino at Paris Saint-Germain last month, would both be interested in becoming Chelsea manager if the job became available.
Chelsea will make a change if they believe there is another manager who can get more out of the current group of players.
The club’s board are aware that other Premier League managers such as Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta and Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have also gone through difficult spells this season and have turned their respective sides’ fortunes around.
Lampard has been working under difficult circumstances with the coronavirus pandemic and a transfer ban which was in place for the first two transfer windows of his tenure.
But he spent more than £200m on players last summer and the club feels there have not been enough signs of progress so far this season.
Lampard has always openly acknowledged the pressure that goes with being Chelsea manager and any final decision on his future will be taken by owner Roman Abramovich.
12 managers have been appointed by Chelsea since Abramovich bought the club 18 years ago.